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    September 26, 2010
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good morning to you. a military legend is laid to rest. that man was the only living african-american world war ii veteran, received a medal of honor, and we talk to his family today. plus bishop eddie long in the pulpit of his atlanta mega church expected to speak this morning for the first time since four men filed lawsuits against him claiming sexual abuse. from cnn center, this is "cnn sunday morning."
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it's 6:00 a.m. here in atlanta. 1:00 p.m. in baghdad. good morning. i'm drew griffin in for t.j. holmes. we want to welcome with pride our troops watching on the armed forces network in iraq and afghanistan. thanks for starting your day with us. also coming up over the next 90 minutes, protecting state secrets or going too far. the defense department buys and then destroys thousands of copies of this book, written by an army reserve officer. a book disclosing secret operations in afghanistan. a department spokesman says the book titled "operation dark heart" contained information that could damage national security. the author, a lieutenant colonel, said the action, quoting here, smacks of retaliation. believe it or not, this bird, that one there, it's under arrest. police in one notorious drug trading city in colombia said the parrot was trained by his owners, suspected drug dealers torbgs alert them when the police showed up. we'll have the details for you
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in the morning passport. plus profiting on youtube. you may not know their names, but you know their videos. now their online videos are earning them a pretty good living. let's get right to the controversy over a leading baptist minister. bishop eddie long of the new birth missionary baptist church is expected to respond this morning to accusations he had sexual relations with four young men. he will address that this morning in his own church to his parishioners during the 8:00 a.m. service and again during the 11:00 a.m. service. he has also scheduled a 10:00 a.m. news conference. long, who took the church from 300 members to 25,000, has denied the accusations. the four men, bringing these lawsuits, claim the pastor took them on overnight trips, sharing a room, and engaging in sexual contact. the allegations have stunned long's congregation. cnn's don lemon talked with several church members last night right here.
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they do support him, believe in him, as he calls the allegations untrue. as one of the supporters put it, the black church is loyal, sometimes to a fault. >> our bishop is a family-oriented man, and he would view new birth as his family. so i do see why he would delay speaking to the radio before speaking to his congregation. >> kevin, go ahead. >> well, we understand the delay, but even those of us in christiandom that are not members of new birth, we also want to hear from bishop long. there are those who have supported the ministry, bought the books and tapes and cds as well, and we do want him to speak out so whatever this cloud of suspicion is over him, you know, can be dispersed. >> listen, i know it's very tough to listen to this, but i want you to listen to what the lawyer of the accused had to say about one of the young men that has accused the bishop and their relationship and what happened. let's play that, and then we'll talk about it.
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>> anthony was moved in and lived in that house for approximately at the end of 11th grade, when he was 17 years old. and there the pastor started to do what adult pedophiles do with younger, younger people, which is starting to spend time with him, casually watch tv with him and lay his legs on him, and then ask him to massage him and then start explaining to him how special he was to him and it was special for the bishop to be able to spend time with him. they did devotional readings together. he was over there on a regular basis at this house. >> what do you think when you hear that? what do you think when you hear that? >> i still have a feeling that those are not the intentions of bishop. bishop is known to be a mentor to young men, and i feel that
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him having interaction with this young man, or watching tv with him, is nothing. i don't feel that it was anything with a negative intention behind it. >> this is shaping up as one of the most important days in bishop eddie long's life and how he deals with the future. cnn is going to have coverage throughout the day. let's outline that for you. in the next hour, we're going to talk with bunny jackson-ransom. she wrote the book, "how to market your ministry." she'll talk about the public relations challenge long face ins dealing with this crisis and the missteps he'll have already made. and we'll have coverage of bishop long's church service live at 8:00 a.m. eastern, when he faces his congregation for the first time since this story broke. we're also going to have coverage of the news conference at 10:00 a.m., the first chance reporters will have to question him. and then he'll return for a second worship service and a
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container that's composted. one of those components of the waste is methane gas, and the methane gas, we're told, powers a single old fashioned gas light in that park. well, tropical depression matthew is threatening to bring potentially flooding rains to central america and southern mexico. we're talking about maybe a foot or more of rainfall along with the threat of deadly mudslides. meteorologist bonnie schneider has the latest on that storm and the national weather outlook, bonnie. >> that's right. matthew is a depression, but that still means heavy rain. we're talking about central america. you're talking about an area that the terrain is very rough. any time you have a mountainous area, you can definitely see mudslides. that's going to be a concern as we go through a good portion of the day today. you'll be watching to see whether matthew will emerge in the bay of campeche and see a piece of it break off into the
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gulf. let's talk about the flood outlook. you can see we have flood watches and warnings across the midwest. we have an i report to show you what it's been looking like. there's tremendous flooding. heavy rain on thursday, and we are looking at definitely a lot of rain. this is an i-report from jason asselin from niagara, wisconsin, and you can see we're looking at very, very heavy rain across the midwest. about 10 inches of rain has fallen across much of this region, and the rain stopped pretty much for the most part yesterday. the problem is there's a lot of run-off, and there were evacuations, particularly south of minneapolis and minnesota, and that rain flooded into wisconsin. there are still flood warnings in a lot of areas around wasau, for example, in wisconsin. it's going to take a while for that to be rectified because it will take a while for water to reseda cross the midwest. a lot of water working its way
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through cape girardeau and southern missouri and into paducah, kentucky. storms sparking up north of atlanta, georgia, and into the panhandle. also along the gulf coast, places like biloxi, mississippi, mobile, alabama, you're facing a wet one today. this is part of a big change we're seeing across the country. we've really been kind of holding on to the end of summer, even for the weekend, with temperatures on friday in the 90s, places like washington, d.c., upper 90s. well, it's all changing. this front you see here stationary over the south, bring it's bringing us the rain here in the southeast. for the first time in a long time, the high temperature map looks a whole lot different. we see a lot less red and orange and a lot more green and yellow. meaning today in chicago, we've got a high temperature today of 61 degrees. check out the temperature in boston, 68. 69 in new york city. it was in the 90s on friday. so, wow, what a difference
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yesterday drew. we were in the 80s in the northeast. and not too long ago in the midwest. now it's finally feeling like fall. everyone is saying, where's fall? it's here before you know it. >> welcome relief. thanks, bonnie. appreciate that. do you know any heroes out there? here is your chance to honor them in your cnn special hero of the year program. we're going to introduce you to amazing candidates and tell you how you can nominate someone you know. when i was seventeen, i was not good to my skin.
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we're back on "cnn sunday morning." i'm going to tell you about the most inspirational people in the world. we have the top ten cnn heroes this world. i don't want to give preference to any because you decide who wins. every time i'm on, i'll tell you about a few. i'll start by telling you about magnus foreclose fmcfarlane. this man has a program called mary's meals that operate ins a tin in the highlands of scotland and offers meals for people
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around the world. and in india, krishnan narayanan brings meals to india's homeless. and this is harmon parker, who's using masonry skills to save lives. he helps build foot bridges over perilous rivers in kenya. he's been protecting people from flash floods and from predatory animals and making it so they can access critical resources they did not have access to previously. these are the kinds of people we get to highlight every year in "cnn heroes." now we've had this big announcement about who the top ten are, you can check them out and decide who the cnn hero of the year is. this is the website. cnnheroes.com. it gets you in and gives you the stories of all ten. spend a little time and check them all out before you make your choice. when you jump over here, it shows you some who were considered for the top ten. it shows you highlights who the
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top ten are. you click on any one of them, and we bring you information about what they do. we have stories, videos, background, their own words about why they do what they do. these people are just amazing to learn about. these are the kind of people we pay more attention to. then it's time to vote, and you make the choice about who the cnn hero of the year is. this is all you have to do. click on the vote now tab on the top of the page, decide who you want to choose. boom, just click the person, and then they appear right there. you type in some words, and you can vote. you can vote an unlimited number of times. all these top ten heroes are getting $25,000. whoever wins this will get $100,000. you can vote all the way through november 17th, and the winner will be announced in the special that airs thanksgiving night here on cnn. it's always an exciting night, and it's always a great chance to stop and take a look at people in this world who are making a difference literally all over the planet. drew, ever since this went up
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the other day with the top ten announcement, we've been getting a big rush of votes. we certainly expect thousands and thousands more leading up to the big day on thanksgiving. >> all culminating on thanksgiving. it's great just to read, no matter if they win or not, read their stories. thanks, josh. former massachusetts governor in new hampshire firing up the republican base. the former presidential candidate is on a mission. mitt romney after the break, his conservative message, strong words for the obama administration and how he's beefing up the republican war chest.
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still not official if former presidential candidate mitt romney is going to give it
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another run in 2012, but, boy, it sounded a lot like it in new hampshire yesterday. the former massachusetts governor took center stage at the republican party state convention, sounding the call to bring republican values back to washington. pumping up the rhetoric against the white house and saying the president and his administration simply don't get it. >> we had the government declare war before, declare war on poverty, declare war on drugs. this is the first time i can recall the government declaring war on private enterprise, and that's why our economy didn't get going, and we're going to change that this november. >> romney's political action committee has endorsed, or donated money to fellow republicans running for office this year in nearly 40 states. the democrats, well, they've got a lot to worry about before 2012. they bring out their heavy hitters, stumping for them in elections this november, including former president bill clinton. cnn political editor mark preston has this and a look at the week ahead in politics.
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>> reporter: good morning, drew. 37 days until election day, and the week is kicking off with president clinton on the campaign trail. he's in massachusetts on behalf of congressman barney frank, and then he goes down to connecticut for the senate nominee, the democratic nominee down there, richard blummenthal. on monday, vice president biden heads up to new hampshire to do campaigning on behalf of carol shea porter. she's a congresswoman trying to psych re-election, as well as the democrat trying to win back the senate seat in new hampshire currently held by a republican. and haley barbour is going to be in new hampshire. he's the mississippi governor. he heads up the rga, the republican governor's association. he's up there doing a fund-raiser on behalf of john steven. he's the gop nominee trying to take on john lynch, the incumbent democratic governor.
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on tuesday, president obama holds the first of four major rallies. this one is going to be in madison, wisconsin. why is this important? because russ feingold, who was elected in 1992, is up against the ropes. republicans think that they can take back this seat. public polling shows right now it is a very, very tight race. president obama is trying to rally the troops, not only in wisconsin, but across the country. he's trying to get those voters who came out for him in 2008 to come out for congressional democrats in 2010. but moving on, let's go to thursday. it's the return of al gore. and he's going to be in florida. al gore is going to be in tampa. he's going to be campaigning on behalf of kendrick meek. he's the senate democratic nominee trying to win that seat down there currently held by a republican. a very interesting three-way race down there. marco rubio is the republican nominee, and charlie crist is the former republican, very popular governor who's now running an independent bid. all eyes are on florida. and let's go back to new hampshire on friday.
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another potential presidential candidate in tim pawlenty is going to be up there campaigning for stephen as well. and on saturday, mike pence is going to be in iowa. the indiana congressman seriously considering a run for president in 2012. mike pence is going to be speaking to the iowa for faith and freedom coalition. so pence, barbour, romney, and pawlenty, all potential 2012 candidates on the campaign trail this week. >> thanks, mark. as always, you can get all your political headlines at cnnpolitics.com. youtube videos aren't just for internet amusement anymore. some of the people who post them are making serious money. we ought up with one college grad who turned herself into a youtube star. she took a time-out to show one of our photojournalists how you do this.
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this is from the how do they do that category. cashing in on youtube. you've seen the viral videos, but these days more people are turning them into a booming business. if you have a keen eye for flair or in the right place at the right time and there's a video camera within arm's reach, you too can make some cash from your online output. case in point, julia noons. she's a youtube sensation. her videos have more than 37 million hits. cnn photojournalist he manueman timbakas was there when she put one together.
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♪ well i bet you thought that i forgot about our deal ♪ >> there's been a lot of people that have gotten a lot of recognition on youtube. i am julia noons. i know that most of the things that have come to me, i'm a ukulele player, success-wise touring with ben folds and now ben cuellar i got because they found me on youtube. i think the first one that got a lot of views like that was into the sunshine, which was a guitar song. and one of the first ones that i did harmonies and multi-tracking things on. i have no idea. maybe over a million. i think over a million by now.
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i got like a really cool little following. of like a thousand people up until "into the sunshine" got featured, which like kicked me up to 10,000. i'm somewhere in like 150,000 subscribers, growing steadily. do i like the term youtube sensation? mm, because it makes me feel like a laughing baby, a cat that fell down somewhere. this is my whole setup. now that i'm playing shows where everyone who's there bought a ticket specifically to see me and they're singing my songs back at me, i think that's what it becomes real. that's just a computer and a microphone. because it's easy to look at
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numbers on a screen and be like, yeah, i'm doing great. until there's like a girl that's nervous to meet you. if you want an audience, then you can just go and find your own audience because i did. having people listen to what you have to say and the music you're making is probably one of the most gratifying things in the world. >> it's a whole new world, isn't it? how do bishop eddie long's parishioners view him in the wake of these sexual abuse allegations? we're going to hear from experts who say black churches elevate their spiritual leaders to superstars, and the pluses and minuses for the congregation. everything you need to stretch out on long trips. residence inn. ♪
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welcome back. 6:30 on this monday morning. i'm drew griffin in for t.j. holmes. checking top stories this half hour. a man with a grudge and a gun returned to a party in east orange, new jersey, last night and shot five people. a 19-year-old woman died. the others, two men, two women, have minor wounds. police say the gunman tried to crash this off-campus party near seton hall university. when he failed to get in, he returned with a gun and started shooting. police offering a $10,000 reward
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to catch him. the pentagon bought and then destroyed almost 10,000 copies of that book, an army officer's memoir. it says information in "operation dark heart" could damage national security. the book deals with lieutenant colonel anthony shaffer's time in afghanistan leading a black ops team. the publisher printed a second version with changes approved by the pentagon. ebay offering an unedited first edition for $10,000. shaffer says the digital age makes it impossible to suppress information. now to chile. a new step forward in the rescue operation for the trapped miners. a capsule that rescuers hope will ferry the men to the surface one by one has arrived at the san jose mine. it was delivered ahead of schedule although the government is sticking with its estimate of a rescue by early november. an accident trapped those 33 miners back in early august. for years, bishop eddie long has encouraged people to believe
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in god. this morning he's asking people to believe in him. long will respond publicly for the first time to accusations from four young men who claim he coerced them into sexual contact. each has filed a lawsuit against this popular pastor of new birth missionary church in suburban atlanta. in a statement released last week, the pastor denied the allegations. this morning's schedule. worship services begin at 8:00 a.m. eastern. at some time during that hour, bishop long will address the allegations with his parishioners, we're told. at the 10:00 hour, he will speak directly to the media about these accusations. long is also expected to talk about the accusations again during the church's 11:00 a.m. eastern service. last night cnn anchor don lemon discussed the role of black preachers within the african-american community. his guest, columbia university professor mark lamont hill, host of "our world with black
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enterprise," and tulane associate professor blaine lee. lee's research includes the sociology of african-american religion. their tendency is to elevate leaders, especially in the black community, to superstar status. >> for a long time, preachers were one of the few people that had access to education and leadership. for a long time the church has been a center of not just religious life but cultural life. so preachers are superstars. before we had senators and presidents, we had celebrity preachers. we continue to raise them up now. >> shane lee, is that necessarily a bad thing? >> it depends. it can be good because i think competition and having people, ministers learn from each other and improve their messages and their ministries, the technologies, their ways of meeting the needs and tastes of people, i think that's a good thing. but when you build a spiritual empire, it creates new pragmatic
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realities that you have to deal with, and that means generating large sups of money, and that might challenge the prophetic nature of your ministry, causing you to take shortcuts or causing you to buy into the hype and see yourself as a star rather than as a humble servant. i think it can be good and enhancing the professionalism of the black church, but it can also be something that pride comes before a fall, as the bible says. >> we are going to talk much more about the pastor's troubles and their impact in the 7:00 eastern hour. bunny jackson-ransom will be my guest. she wrote the book, how to market your ministry. she'll give us her take on the public relations battle bishop long is facing right now and analyze how he's handling the damaging allegations so far. are you suffering from frequent heartburn? heartburn that keeps coming back? then you're ready for new zegerid otc. zegerid otc is the first 24-hour treatment ever with two active ingredients: prescription-strength medicine plus a protective ingredient that shields the medicine from stomach acid
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virginia beach. caleb and his friends were hoping for big waves. instead, look at that. they got a terrifying surprise. they were just chest deep when they realized they weren't alone. >> he said, there's something out here with us, and i couldn't even finish my next sentence before it already grabbed my ankle. and i kind of felt a little thrashing. >> from the waist down, he had carbon in his blood. i had a lot on my arms. it was pretty hectic. >> i immediately jumped on my board to get myself out of the water. as i did, i felt my board start to lean back, and i felt a sharp pain in my knee. after that, he let go. it was just a quick bite and release. >> wow, caleb rushed to the hospital. 51 stitches in his foot. relieved he didn't lose the leg. but the attack is not going to keep him out of the water, bonnie, like so many surfers. even a shark won't keep them out. they love it. >> they do. and they love when there's any kind of tropical system nearby to give them big waves. we say don't do it because of the rip tides. it's so dangerous to head out there. speaking of tropical systems, let's take a look at what's
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going on with matthew. this is a tropical depression. you zoom in here, you can see it working its way across parts of central america, creating treacherous amounts of rain. this means we're going to run the risk of mud slides for today through central america. it's definitely going to be a problem. we're also watching for some of the moisture to creep back into the bay of campeche. it may emerge as a tropical system to impact the u.s. it's something we're monitoring for sure. we're also monitoring the flooding situation across parts of the midwest that occurred on thursday. today we're still dealing with the effects. i want to show you video from an i-reporter, what it's been looking like into the wisconsin area. we are definitely seeing a lot of flood waters. this is taken by tim krause in biron, wisconsin. you can see the water moving up the tree trunks. a lot of people flooded out because the water rushed in very quickly. if you're still cleaning up from the floods because the water is slowly receding, just be careful. don't try to walk through the
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flood waters yourself. you don't know if there's loose power lines or debris, and you could get injured quickly. flood warnings for a lot of rivers, particularly in southern minnesota. this river right here south of minneapolis is where we saw almost ten inches of rain. it's going to take a while for that water to recede. heavy thunderstorms today south of the flood area through parts of the midwest, including areas into missouri, into parts of kentucky at this hour. we're picking up a lot of thunderstorm activity through north georgia, the moun tapes, and then down to the florida border. heavy rain will bring a change in it temperatures. the front is somewhat stationary. the front will linger, have the umbrella across the southeast. we are looking at things improving, if you want a taste of the cooler weather now that we're in fall. temperatures are seeing some dramatic changes from today, from yesterday. i'm talking about the northeast and the midwest. highs today in the 60s. that means this morning temperatures in some places are in the upper 40s. it's cool out there.
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we'll be looking for a high of 68 in boston, 69 in new york. 65 in st. louis. that's a big change. washington, d.c., you'll hit 70. that's a lot cooler than the 99 we got up to over the past week. but definitely the cooldown is emerging. for those of you that are traveling, just to give you the heads up for a busy sunday. we're already seeing a lot of airport activity. you can see the planes in the air. there's 1,129 of them right now. most of the activity in the eastern part of the country. this is where people like to go away for the weekend because the weather is looking good. >> and those frequent flier blackout days will go away. thanks, bonnie. a military legend laid to rest. the only living african-american world war ii vet to receive the medal of honor buried this week at arlington cemetery. you know, like a lot of these world war ii vets, his wife didn't even know about his accomplishments until decades later.
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42 minutes past the hour. let's check our top stories. the future of mideast peace talks tends to hinge on whether israel lifts its freeze on settlement building. the self-imposed moratorium ends today. addressing the united nations yesterday, that's palestinian authority president mahmoud abbas, suggesting the recently restarted peace talks would be at risk if israel resumes building in the west bank. the u.s. is pushing israel to resolve this issue by extending the moratorium on settlements. the pentagon defending its move to buy and burn almost 10,000 copies of a book written
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by an army reserve officer and critic of the afghan war. that's the book. a defense department spokesman says "operation dark heart" contained information which could threaten national security, revealing military operations in afghanistan. the officer who wrote it said the government is trying to suppress the story. the book's publisher says a second pressing of the officer's memoir contains government-approved edits. we were talking about this yesterday. swedish police have released a passenger taken off a plane bound for pakistan yesterday. now police want to talk to the tipster who incorrectly told them that man was carrying explosives. the plane and its 273 passengers landed at stockholm airport based on a phone call out of canada. no explosives were found on board that flight. swedish authorities are now trying to track down the canadian caller. vernon baker was the only living black world war ii vet to receive the coveted medal of
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honor. baker died in july. he was laid to rest friday at arlington national cemetery. his widow said he considered himself just a simple soldier. cnn's natasha barrett has more on this american hero. >> reporter: for years, vernon baker's wife didn't know what her husband accomplished in world war ii. baker's wife said he never spoke about the war until decades later, when the army lieutenant was awarded the medal of honor by president clinton. baker was the only living black world war ii veteran to receive the military's highest honor. >> 50 years he had to wait before he got the medal of honor. >> reporter: what do you think he would have said today? >> what he would have said, my husband was never a person for big crowds. he would have said, babe, here there are so many people. let's go home. >> reporter: baker's heroic actions in the war were finally recognized in 1996. an army study reevaluated the heroism of blacks in world war
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ii. baker learned about his medal of honor in a phone call. he passed away in july from brain cancer at 90. he was laid to rest at arlington national cemetery. >> i feel like i abandoned my husband. i have to live them behind, ands that the worst feeling. >> reporter: walking behind the medal of honor flag, three other recipients. at the burial, baker's step grandson, who is named after his grandfather. did he say anything regarding his legacy? >> no. he just considered himself just a simple soldier and nothing else. he did his job, and that was it. >> terrific story. con gratlations to that family. well, you know, you have to see this one to believe it. here's the video. >> help, help, help. >> that parrot is under arrest,
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very cute, whoever picked that music. we have two unlikely anti-police warning systems from two countries on our radar this morning. a guy in south africa tweeting to warn drivers. tweet tweet. and his style of prose making him a bit of a celebrity. then there's this tweeter, lorenzo. an eagle eye parrot working as a watchdog for drug traffickers. >> help, help. >> both stories in the global spotlight with cnn editorial producer nadia bilcic joining us
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to break it down. >> two whistle blowers with very different natures from different parts of the world. you have a drug cartel in colombia. the police come into a warehouse, a parrot called lorenzo shouts, run, run. unfortunately, it seems that people were actually caught, and so were many weapons seized and some cocaine and some marijuana. but astounding that lorenzo, the parrot not only told the police his name, i am lorenzo, but also could full sentences, speak in full sentences. the amount of training that must have gone into that. and what's extraordinary, what you and i were saying earlier, is he's not the only parrot. there's a lot of parrot ins colombia that are being used to alert drug traffickers and drug cartels about the police. >> and now he's a jail bird, right, lorenzo? >> i guess. so from a bird who speaks to a person who tweets. we go to south africa.
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>> okay. >> and we go to speak about a twitter in south africa, who goes as the name@pig spotter. and he says that he is going to alert the public to where traffic traps are, where there are speed traps and road blocks. and the police are quite furious. think about this. you have at pig spotter, who's an infamous man. he's got 17,000 followers who are tweeting to him. so he is the conduit. he says, in his defense. i want to read you what he says. he says, i am surprised by the amount of media attention. it was never the reason for starting pigspotter. now the police corruption is in the limelight, maybe we can turn the negative into a positive, by working with the police, rooting out the bad apples, corrupt members, we can restore faith into the police of south africa. some people actually calling him the robin hood. >> if his warning is that the police are everywhere and
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everybody behaves, what the heck? >> well, on friday he stopped tweeting about road blocks because he was even tweeting about road blocks. now he's saying maybe road blocks are positive in some ways. they do catch drunken drivers and some krim l nas. we're not tweeting about road blocks anymore. it's so interesting. think about the creative uses of twitter. twitter being a microblog and suddenly being used for this. i was on the airplane this week, and on one of the travel magazines, they have gps and smartphone here in the u.s., you can download an app that does allow you to see where all the speed traps are apparently. as the investigative brilliant reporter that you are, that's something to look into. >> maybe we'll check into that. the bird thing fascinates me. in colombia, there are like 1,700 birds, or 1,200 birds they believe are being used by drug traffickers or drug traders to warn them that police are coming. >> yes. and think of the amount of time, effort, and energy because not only can they speak in full
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sentences they can recognize the police. so parrots are much smarter than you ever thought they were. >> always amazing the ingenuity of criminals these days. >> the creativity, which keeps you in business full-time, right, drew? >> if they could bottle that and use it for good. by golly. thank you so much for blowing the whistle on these stories. >> thank you. airport security absolutely essential, right? of course. but is it too much? the story of one woman who thinks she knows the answer. >> hi, i'm kelly ripa, and we can make an impact on ovarian cancer. at some point somewhere along the line, either in your family or your neighborhood, will be diagnosed with this disease. if it's caught early enough, it is entirely treatable. there's so little known about t a childhood friend was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and unfortunately succumbs to the
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we've all been through the tight security at the airport. some of us have been through the ringer. long lines, removing shoes, even random screenings. it's for our own safety. how much is too much? one woman says she learned the answer to that question the hard way. cnn's kate bolduan reports. >> reporter: kathy parker says her trouble started with this
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wallet. >> they looked through the compartments, like this. in this compartment, i keep a lot of receipts, so they were actually pulling out receipts. and they're looking at them. they would open open it all the way up. >> reporter: and that is when parker says her trip through philadelphia airport security went too far. >> it was very uncomfortable. it was embarrassing to have your personal things from inside your wallet, receipts just laid out in the open and people looking. it was just a horrific experience. >> reporter: and that wasn't all. parker was flying to charlotte, north carolina, on business in august when she says transportation security administration agents and local law enforcement detained her for an hour, questioning her, searching her personal items, even calling her husband to say she was suspected of embezzlement after finding $8,000 in checks in her wallet. >> they told him that they detained me because they suspected it was a divorce
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situation and that i was emptying out our bank accounts. >> reporter: parker calls the incident humiliating, an invasion of privacy, and is working with the aclu to make sure it doesn't happen again. >> kathy parker was violated. the tsa went far beyond their mandate in looking into whether this was a divorce situation or an embezzlement situation. that's not related to assuring the safety of aviation. and what the tsa needs to understand is the airport is not a constitution-free zone. >> reporter: although tsa does not restrict passengers from carrying large sums of money, agents do alert local law enforcement if they suspect criminal activity. the tsa declined to comment on the parker incident, but in a statement they said, "tsa strives to treat all passengers with dignity and respect. we hold our employees to the
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highest professional and ethical standards, have a zero tolerance policy for inappropriate behavior, and act swiftly when proper protocols are not followed." are you looking for an explanation? >> that may help, but what i'm really looking for is just to avoid this happening to me or anyone else. i don't think anybody should pay this price when they fly. >> reporter: last year after a separate incident in st. louis, the aclu filed suit against the department of homeland security, saying that incident reflected a larger problem of unlawful searches at airports. kathy parker says she plans to file a lawsuit as well. cnn, washington. it is now the top of the hour, one hour away from that man, bishop eddie long, going to the pulpit of his atlanta-based mega church. expected to speak an hour from now or so for the first time since four men filed lawsuits against him, claiming sexual abuse. from the cnn center, this is "cnn sunday morning," 7:00 a.m.
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here in atlanta. 6:00 a.m. in minnesota. good morning. i'm drew griffin in for t.j. holmes. thank you so much for starting your day with us. let's get right to this controversy over bishop eddie long. long of new birth missionary baptist church. that's his church, but his ministry goes far beyond that. he's expected to respond this morning to accusations of having sexual relations with four young men. he will do it in his own church addressing his own parishioners during the 8:00 a.m. eastern and 11:00 a.m. eastern services. he is also scheduled a 10:00 a.m. news conference. long, who took that church from about 300 members to 25,000, has denied the accusations. the four men bringing the lawsuits, claim the pastor took them on overnight trips, sharing a room, and engaging in sexual contact. new birth missionary baptist church is located on a 250-acre complex in the suburban atlanta community of lithonia.
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martin savidge covering this story from lithonia this morning. is the congregation already lining up? are they lining up to get a good seat? and apparently, we just lost marty, but we'll get that back up as soon as possible. in fact, he is back. martin, we just lost you as you were beginning to speak. sorry. >> reporter: as i was saying, yes, you're right. the congregation has begun showing up. a rain has now started falling, and a fairly heavy one at that. we found there were people already here in the church parking lot around 5:30 this morning. keep in mind, the service doesn't begin until 8:00 this morning, and it's not expected until 8:30 that bishop eddie long makes his appearance and goes inside the church itself to begin explaining to the congregation exactly what these charges mean and how he plans to respond to them. there are a lot of people who want to hear it from himself.
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they're tired of hearing it from the media, and they want to know exactly what their pastor has to say. throughout the week, through his spokes people and through his attorneys, he's been quite defiant. this will be the first time the congregation actually gets to hear it from the man himself. that's going to have a great deal of meaning. the feed coming from inside the church is supposed to end exactly the time that bishop long begins to speak to the congregation. the reason for that, they say, is that the congregation should be the first to hear what the bishop has to say. the media will hear it second. there is expected to be a news conference by the bishop that will be held in between the two services, the first service at 8:00, the next one at 11:00. i'm going to move dsed in the tent because it's getting very damp. drew? >> as you make that move, let me ask you, will reporters be allowed to at least sit in on the service, or will there be a private feed where you'll be able to see and hear during that 8:00 service what this man is
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going to say? >> reporter: as far as the we know, the reporters, even though the feed is going to stop, the reporters who are inside the church will be allowed to remain and will be able to listen and hear as he addresses the congregation. there will be no recording. we will be present. we will be able to take notes, and we will be able to report to you what is said. whether or not he will repeat exactly what he tells the congregation as the news conference that comes later, i'm sure many reporters will ask him to do so. >> we talked yesterday, martin, about your extensive coverage of this, and his advice from his attorneys is to really say nothing. i was a little bit stunned that he'll open up to reporter ins a news conference during the 10:00 hour this morning. do you expect that to be a full news conference? >> reporter: we do although, you know, we have to point out there have been a number of promises that have been made by his spokes people throughout the week. you might remember it was expected that bishop long was going to appear on a nationally syndicated radio talk show, and at the last minute, it was his
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attorney that showed up instead. then there was supposed to be a news conference during the week in which bishop long would respond to the allegations. that was abruptly cancelled after more of these lawsuits in filed. exactly what is going to happen with this news conference? we anticipate that bishop eddie long will be there. we're told his wife will be with him, as will his attorneys. but exactly what gets to be asked, how long we get to ask, we'll have to wait and see. >> martin savidge, take care my friend. looks like a hurricane rather than a church service this morning. we'll stick with you all morning long as we follow this developing story. thank you, martin. the allegations have stunned long's congregation. cnn's don lemon talked with several church members last night. they support him even though he cancelled a radio interview and a news conference that might have put those troubling questions to rest. here's what they had to say. >> our bishop is a family-oriented man, and he would view new birth as a's hm fay. so i do see why he would delay speaking to the radio before speaking to his congregation.
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>> kevin? >> we understand the delay, but even those in christiandom that are not members of new birth want to hear from bishop long. there are those that supported his ministry, bought the books and tapes and cds as well. we do want him to speak out so whatever this cloud of suspicion is over him can be dispersed. >> i know it's very tough to listen to this, but i want to you listen to what the lawyer of the accused had to say about one of the young men that has accused the bishop and their relationship and what happened. let's play that, and then we'll talk about it. >> anthony was moved in and lived in that house for approximately at the end of 11th grade, when he was 17 years old. there the pastor started to do what adult pedophiles do with younger people, which is start to go spend time with him, casually watch tv with him and lay his legs on him, and then
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ask him to massage him, and then start explaining to him how special he was to him and it was special for the bishop to be able to spend time with him. they did devotional readings together. he was over there on a regular basis at this house. >> what do you think when you hear that? >> i still have a feeling those are not the intentions of bishop. bishop is known to be a mentor to young men, and i feel that for him to have an interaction with this young man or watching tv with him is nothing. i don't feel it was anything with a negative intention behind it. >> well, the allegations against bishop eddie long surfaced tuesday. there have been numerous developments since then. we are going to take you step by step through everything that has happened up to this point.
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a week ago we weren't hearing about this. this hadn't even come out. it really all started on tuesday. i want to take you through the time line that leads up to today. the time line since these accusations. we're starting off on tuesday. that's when two lawsuits were filed. this is tuesday of last week. it was september 21st. it was that same day that the plaintiff's attorney held a news conference. here's a little bit of what she said. >> this is not an effect of child molestation under georgia law, but it's absolutely pastoral church abuse of two young parishioners. >> all right. so that was a little bit of what b.j. bernstein was saying. that's what got the whole thing going. the media started talking about it, and it really took off. take a look here. this is the next day, wednesday, and that's when a third plaintiff filed suit. we had been hearing as early as tuesday there could be others, there could be more lawsuits. soence with, september 22nd, the next day, after all this, that's when the third plaintiff filed suit. it was on thursday that we had expected to hear from bishop eddie long himself. that was the day that he ended
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up canceling a news conference and canceling a radio appearance as well. what happened that day instead was that his attorney read a statement. here's a bit of that. >> the charges against me and new birth are false. i have devoted my life to helping others, and these false allegations hurt me deeply. >> it was also that same day that the only tweets that bishop eddie long has sent out through all of this was sent out. it was on thursday of last week. i have it open on the screen behind me. this is the one tweet he sent out about all this. he said, thanks for all your prayers and support. love you all. it was sent out at 5:30 on thursday. let's finish up this time line. i want everyone to understand all the steps that bring us up to today. on friday, this is when long held a conference call with a group of pastors through an organization called father's house, which is a group he fostered, ministries he fosters
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himself and spoke with them by phone. on that same day, the fourth plaintiff came along, and the fourth plaintiff filed a lawsuit. that ultimately brings us all up to today. you had this roller coaster week of a series of accusations, series of statements, cancelled news conferences, all of it. and i've been looking to see if there's anything else that bishop eddie long sent out on twitter, anything. the only thing that shows up on his twitter feed is just from this morning, but it's not about the controversy. he wrote, "please know that the power of friendship is not in the desire to have a friend but in the commitment to be a friend." you can see here less than a minute ago when i mupulled it u. it was sent from his twitter feed. that's why today is so incredibly significant. we're waiting to hear from him what he will say. with all these things that will happen, drew, the series of investigations, the series of lawsuits, the statements of attorneys from both sides. still the public has not heard from him in any way. it's possible that will go ahead and happen today. that is the roller coaster that brings us up to these events
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today. >> very good, josh. thank you so much. we're going to talk with an expert about how this church has really dealt with this crisis. that's coming up. unfortunately, claims of sexual misconduct by the clergy not so unusual. a look back at some unforgettable scandals. plus tips on what to do if this happens at your church. what i wouldn't do for a do-over. [ female announcer ] neutrogena® clinical skincare, exclusive ion2 complex combined with activating cream helps restore collagen depleted skin. neutrogena clinical skincare is clinically tested to undo the look of a year's worth of skin aging in just 4 weeks. do-overs do exist. [ female announcer ] clinical skincare. neutrogena. #1 dermatologist recommended brand. ♪ but i really love my bank ♪ i hate--
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the church sex scandal that has dominated the news the last few days has a very familiar feel to it. who can forget some of these scandals? >> i have sinned against you, my lord. >> that was the infamous 1988 confession by teleeadvantage list jimmy swag art. reports of a prostitute. two years later, he was stopped by the police with reports of another prostitute in his car. the case of reverend jimmy baker. caught in his own sex scandal, he served five years in prison for wire fraud, mail fraud, conspiracy. and four years ago, this. >> i called in to buy some meth. >> colorado mega church pastor ted haggard linked to a male prostitute. the preacher still maintains he never had sex with the prostitute but admits buying drugs from him.
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haggard resigned as pastor of new life and now is reportedly holding services in his colorado springs home. and one more. remember miami's father alberto cutia? paparazzi caught the roman catholic priest ka vorting with an attractive woman on the beach. the archdiocese barred the popular priest from leading sunday mass. he eventually left the roman catholic church, got married to the woman in the pictures, and became an episcopal priest. what is interesting, i want to bring in our guest right now, bonnie jackson-ransom, who handles crises for preachers, ministries, churches who get in trouble. you do a lot of things. but what's interesting about all those four and why i wanted to bring you in so early, they have lost pretty much the ministries that they had. their crises tumbled them. >> that's true, but they have recouped. most of them have. >> somewhat, to some extent.
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i want to ask you about bishop long and the handling of this so far. it is so fresh. we were expecting to hear from him on thursday. all we heard was a statement read from his attorney and a tweet. is that the way to handle allegations of such dramatic fashion? >> i don't think so. i would say absolutely not. however, i'm a public relations consultant, and one of the things that i recognize totally is that legal counsel and public relations counsel normally do not agree on how to handle crises that are a media crisis. there are different kinds of crises. you can have an internal crisis in your business or church, but when it gets to the media and someone talks about a lawsuit, immediately lawyers take over, and there goes the divide. do i listen to my pr counsel, or do i listen to my legal counsel? usually, the legal counsel wins
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out, but i think there's the public opinion court, the court of public opinion, rather, if i can call it that, that you have to weigh into, especially if you are a pastor. if you're a minister. so i think handling crisis with churches is much different, much more personal than your normal media crisis. >> well, the one thing that we didn't hear -- from a public -- from the public opinion jury, right? >> yes. >> what the parishioner, i'm sure, wanted to hear, what i wanted to hear, was it is not true. >> that's what we want. we wanted to hear that. >> we want to hear it from him. >> yes, we did. >> we want him to come out and say, ladies and gentlemen, this is absolutely, 100% false. i'm going to go and fight this in court. you recognize that this is a legal suit, so i must now have to follow the advice of my attorneys. but we did not hear that. >> we want to hear something. that's why i think they handled
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it all wrong. they waited too long to act. they need to act immediately. someone from the church got a call. if you had a crisis team, if you had had a crisis plan. i would think that new birth is certainly large enough and sophisticated enough to have had a crisis plan. so when you get the call that says something is about to happen, you pull that team together, but you immediately speak up. my advice would have been for the spokesperson, or the pr person, to have said something. that something could have sounded something like these allegations -- these allegations, let's wait a minute until we know that they are true or not true. but in the meantime, let's look at what new birth and pastor long have been doing in the neighborhood. they have done this, and they have done that. in other words, give the public
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some information that will allow them to have another opinion. the only thing that we, the public, have been privy to is what the media has been giving us, and we know that perception is assumed to be truth, and we know that the media forms perception. >> what is also interesting -- and you, as an expert in this, the church apparently -- and certainly eddie long apparently -- knew about this months ago. >> they knew the call was coming. >> that there were some allegations. so there was, apparently, no plan, based on your observations, for how scatter brained this thing has been handled so far. am i making that assumption correct? >> you are. >> you're not seeing any real plan put in place, which is stunning for a ministry of this size and for a guy that's, quite frankly, this media savvy. >> well, we thought, but what has happened is, once again, i
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think the lawyer, who is assumed to be bigger and brighter than the pr consultant, has prevailed. i cannot believe that new birth didn't have a pr plan. i happen to know the pr person who works at the church. you know, i know he's a journalist. i don't think he's trained as a pr consultant or maybe a marketing consultant, but my training takes me back to marketing, to the school of marketing, and why you say what you say and when you say it to whom you're saying it to. so when you recognize that your story, that this crisis story is going to hit the media and it's going to hit cnn and take it national, and you don't say anything, it's like saying no comment, and we know what no comment perceives. perception of no comment is i'm guilty. >> you're going to stick around and watch this with us? >> i'm going to stick around and watch it, and someone's going to give me a tour, and i'm going to
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be here. >> make yourself comfortable. glad to have you. >> thank you for having me. >> and she is -- we should say miss jackson-ransom is the author of "getting the word out, how to market your ministry." bunnie jackson-ransom, we'll be watching this through the next half hour or so as bishop eddie long addresses his congregation. he'll do that privately at the 8:00 service and then hold a public news conference. we'll monitor what he has to say, bring it to you, of course, when it happens. ♪ ...then started again. but every smoker was a non-smoker once. and you could be again. for many, smoking is a treatable medical condition. so talk to your doctor about prescription treatment options and support. and make this time, your time. he wants an out!
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